There are some albums that seem to so perfectly capture the feel of a season that it's almost as though they've some how managed to catch the essence of it in a bottle and plug it with a cork before even a hint has a chance to escape. You'd except, with an album titled Caught in a Summer Swell, that I'd be about to tell you how The Band In Heaven have managed to capture and create a sonic representation of long summer days, green grass under bare feet and bottled cider. I'd probably finish by stating that it was an album released ever so slightly too late, what with the summer (in the UK at least) being pretty much over. Yet Caught in a Summer Swell is not really a summer album - late summer at a push - but this is an album that really evokes the early Autumn.

Caught in a Summer Swell deals heavily in nostalgia and longing. These themes are put forward both lyrically and musically, with a dreamy indie-rock construction that makes each track feel like a well-loved song from the first listen onwards. In fact there were a few times on this record when I found myself reflecting on my university days. The late evenings toiling over my coursework listening to college rock beamed over broadband from the States to my cold, shared house, or the nights out with friends at the local indie-rock club attempting to dance to the mournful lyrics of The Smiths as though we were there first time around. These memories came flooding back and for a moment I was caught in a spell that almost tricked me into thinking this record had soundtracked all of that.

Perhaps this is a result of The Band in Heaven's focus on melody. Whilst their earlier EPs showcased a heavier shoegaze sound, for Caught in a Summer Swell they have dialled down the reverb to leave guitar riffs that create quiet echoes that are dreamlike and mesmerising. Underneath this is a tight rhythm section which, aside from a few nice basslines that appear now and again, serve to hold everything together more than anything else.

They haven't completely rejected their shoegaze roots as traces of it still colour the album, adding sonic swells like the quiet droning guitar that runs throughout 'Disappear Here'. There are also moments that approach the heavier aspects of their self titled EP, such as palm muted chords at the start of 'Fairweather Friends' and the track's closing minute which features a chord sequence that seems to arrive out of nowhere. The track is awash with mid-tempo reverberated guitars and male/female vocal exchanges when suddenly you notice this louder, heavier guitar rising out of the dreamscapes the band seemed to be creating. Sure, it may lack the punch of 'Sleazy Heaven's opening on The Band in Heaven EP but it made me sit up and take notice.

It's these moments where, musically, Caught in a Summer Swell really stands out from the crowd. 'Young and Dumb' is another example where this transition from soft to heavy is the core of the song's progression. Over six minutes it builds to a crescendo of noise as the lyrics "You were the sun when I was young / you were the sun when I was dumb" are repeated over and over until this heartbreaking track of a family falling apart has nowhere to go but to disintegrate.

As befits the music, there is a melancholy that runs throughout the record that is also easy to relate to. 'Young and Dumb' deals with the pressures of debt and its effect on the family - something many people will have felt in recent years. Elsewhere the lyrics, evocative and sometimes mysterious, tend to focus on the pains of growing up, leaving behind the aspirations of youth and perhaps even realising that the best moments in life may be behind you - if not already tarnished by the discovery that things were never how you remembered, or perceived them to be. If the summer mentioned in the album's title is a loose metaphor for youth, then Caught In a Summer Swell is about the sometimes futile attempts to prolong that high as the nights get longer and the days colder.

Nowhere is this more in evidence than the album's opening and closing tracks 'Dandelion Wine' and 'Farewell Summer'. Both tracks take their titles from Ray Bradbury novels, with Farewell Summer being a sequel to the former. The novel Dandelion Wine uses the titular drink as a metaphor for the essence of summer and the attempt to bottle it. The track certainly references this theme and yet whilst it starts optimistically, the second half sees the lyrics looking at the person years later, their "hands are cracked and can't help but show their age." There is a sense that the singer is questioning whether the time spent during youth on wistful, whimsical pursuits has been well spent or not. The closing track meanwhile is far more cynical about youth. The Bradbury novel is about a war between young and old, as well as the loss of innocence in the protagonist. The song speaks of "the ones I miss / the ones I couldn't save" and through it there seems to be a reluctant acceptance of the end of summer, the end of youth; but at the same time a rejection of life's dull rituals.